This post was originally titled “Terrible Idea: U.S. Justice Dept. Proposing That Questions About Immigration Status Be Included In Census.” I changed it after more and more attention was brought to this…terrible idea.
MOST UP-TO-DATE UPDATE:
— Lily Eskelsen García (@Lily_NEA) July 22, 2020
More recent update: The Supreme Court Stopped The Census Citizenship Question — For Now
The U.S. Justice Department is pushing the Census to include questions about people’s immigration status (see ProPublica’s article, Trump Justice Department Pushes for Citizenship Question on Census, Alarming Experts).
Boy, that’s sure to increase the odds that people will want to answer Census questions – NOT!
During the last Census, my English Language Learner students organized a neighborhood campaign, including bilingual materials they produced, to encourage immigrants to complete the Census. It’s always a challenge to get high participation rates in immigrant communities – both because of language and trust issues. But it’s critical to get as many people as possible to answer because of the resources it can bring into those areas.
But, really, who would trust that the Trump Administration wouldn’t use data from that question against immigrants?
The question that could sabotage the census is a CNN piece on the same issue.
Critics Say Asking About Citizenship Could Wreck Chances for an Accurate Census is from The NY Times.
The Controversial Question DOJ Wants to Add to the U.S. Census is from The Atlantic.
Why Asking About Citizenship Could Make the Census Less Accurate is from The New York Times.
Secret use of census info helped send Japanese Americans to internment camps in WWII is from The Washington Post.
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Are you a citizen? Here’s what happens if you lie on the census. is from NBC News.
Adding the citizenship question to the census represents at best extreme recklessness, and at worst the weaponization of statistics, upending a basic constitutional command, says @_justinlevitt_ https://t.co/FpHaKsUvQP
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) April 4, 2018
17 states and 6 cities have sued the Department of Commerce over the citizenship question on the 2020 Census. https://t.co/ZfBzxBYZ8w
— Axios (@axios) April 3, 2018
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) April 1, 2018
— NYT Graphics (@nytgraphics) March 30, 2018
— (((Alex Nowrasteh))) (@AlexNowrasteh) March 30, 2018
Our Article of the Day Q’s help students understand what’s at issue in Trump’s decision to add a Q about citizenship to the US census: https://t.co/thxeXIIIPG
— NYT Learning Network (@NYTimesLearning) March 29, 2018
The Supreme Court agreed to hear the census citizenship case. Here’s why that matters. is from The Washington Post.
The Citizenship Question Isn’t Quite Dead Yet is from The Atlantic.
A Supreme Court Case That Will Affect Every Aspect of National Life is from The Atlantic.
Citizenship questions on the census have no historical pedigree is from The LA Times.
K-12 Aid at Stake in Suit Over Census’ Citizenship Question is from Ed Week.
How The Citizenship Question Could Break The Census is from Five Thirty Eight.
The Census Adds the Citizenship Question is a good infographic.
Adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census would undercount Hispanics and put hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds at risk for some states. https://t.co/3YMIb3xMoL pic.twitter.com/NYzLbn7Xd6
— Post Graphics (@PostGraphics) June 8, 2019
Why do educators care about the #2020Census?
$14 billion+ in Title I grants for 24+ million students;
$11.3 billion in special education grants;
$13.6 billion for the National School Lunch Program;
Funds for Head Start
Teacher quality grants#WeCount.https://t.co/FxP97sIosJ
— NEA (@NEAToday) June 27, 2019
LA schools supe out with a reaction: “If the question is eventually included, it could lead to a loss of as much as $20 million every year in Title I funding,” he says. “The citizenship question is not some abstract, legal issue. It has real consequences in our schools.” pic.twitter.com/96m4pm5vD1
— Lauren S. Camera (@laurenonthehill) June 27, 2019